The AAS Degree Respiratory Care program at Santa Fe Community College, program number 200549, is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC can be reached at 817-283-2835 or 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244.
Respiratory therapists work closely with doctors, nurses and other clinicians in emergency rooms, critical care units, diagnostic centers, clinics, and home health care organizations. SFCC’s program prepares students for a fast-paced, in-demand career. Blending high-tech training with compassionate care, students gain the skills required to be a specialist in assessing and treating people with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders.
SFCC’s respiratory care program prepares students to become knowledgeable, competent, effective, and ethical respiratory care practitioners consistent with the professional, community, and employer expectations of registered respiratory therapists (RRT). Graduates will have demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.
For information on admission requirements and process see the Respiratory Care Applicant Information document online, https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/respiratory_therapy or a respiratory care department adviser. Students must complete all respiratory care core courses at SFCC. Students are required to pass each course with a grade of “C+” or better in order to progress in and complete this sequential program.
Students who successfully complete the AAS degree in Respiratory Care are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC). Graduates who successfully complete the TMC exam are eligible for licensure as a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) and are eligible for the NBRC RRT exams.
NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate professional, effective, compassionate and ethical behavior in the practice of respiratory care.
- Demonstrate competence in the respiratory care of the adult, pediatric and newborn patient populations.
- Provide community and patient education in cardiopulmonary health promotion and disease management.
- Explain the fundamental principles of medical ethics, and the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of respiratory care.
- Demonstrate competence in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups.
- Apply problem solving strategies in the patient care setting
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (31 HRS.)
Communications (6 hrs.)
ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)
ENGL 216 Technical Writing (3)
SPCH 111 Public Speaking (3)
SPCH 220 Interpersonal Communications (3)
Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)
Choose from the following:
MATH 119 Mathematics for Non Science Majors (3)
MATH 121 College Algebra (4)
MATH 135 Introduction to Probability and
Laboratory Science (12 hrs.)
BIOL 221 Microbiology for Health Sciences (3)
BIOL 221L Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab (1)
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
BIOL 230L Human Anatomy and Physiology I
CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
CHEM 111L Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1)
Social/Behavioral Science (3-6 hrs.)
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology (3) (recommended)
Humanities and Fine Arts (3-6 hrs.)
The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.
Health and Wellness (1 hr.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (52.5 HRS.)
AHAC 151 Basic Life Support – CPR (.5)
AHAC 281 ACLS (1)
AHAC 284 PALS (1)
RESP 112 Respiratory Care Anatomy and
Physiology (4) þ
RESP 120 Therapeutic Modalities (5)
RESP 122 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I (1)
RESP 125 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I (1)
RESP 130 Clinical I (3)
RESP 160 Ventilator Management (5)
RESP 162 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (4)
RESP 164 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II (2)
RESP 166 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II (1)
RESP 170 Clinical II (4)
RESP 214 Respiratory Care Seminar –
Alternate Sites (2)
RESP 220 Respiratory Care Seminar –
Critical Care Topics (4)
RESP 230 Clinical III (2)
RESP 240 Professional Development (2)
RESP 260 Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care (3)
RESP 270 Clinical IV (7)
Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.
- Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
- Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)
TOTAL 83.5 CREDITS